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Everything We Loved

New Zealand | 2014 | 100 minutes | Max Currie

After the tragic loss of their only child, magicians Charlie and Andrea go to darkly irrational lengths to deal with their grief. As their desperate need to become a family again increases, their grip on reality loosens and the magicians’ illusion takes over.

May 16, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 17, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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May 18, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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When tragedy strikes, an Auckland magician transfers his stage skills to the real world in writer-director Max Currie’s riveting debut. Charlie (Brett Stewart) and his wife, Andrea (Sia Trokenheim), worked together as a team until the loss of their beloved son, Hugo. Devastated, Andrea left home. While she was away, Charlie became desperate, but as he muses in the film, “There are different kinds of magic. The kind that makes things disappear, and there’s the kind that makes them turn up again.” As the story begins, he has conjured up a surrogate son in five-year-old Tommy (Ben Clarkson). When Andrea returns to find that her husband has replaced their child with another boy, she’s horrified, but he convinces her they can give him a better life than his neglectful parents. They just need to figure out how to pay several months in back rent before the landlord kicks them out while hiding the increasingly inquisitive Tommy. Their scheme is illegal, immoral, and fraught with danger, but Currie chooses compassion over judgment as the compulsion to heal from loss propels this couple forward, even as obstacles accumulate on their way toward the happy life they once enjoyed.

Director Biography

Born in New Zealand, writer and director Max Currie started his screen career as the director and host of the groundbreaking television show QueerNation. In 2003 Currie worked with Bill Robinson as a screenwriter. In 2008 Currie was awarded the jury prize for best film in the Huffington Post Contagious Film Festival for Proposition 8: Some of My Best Friends Are American. Everything we Loved is Currie’s feature debut.

Sponsored by Seattle-Christchurch Sister City Association

Director: Max Currie
Principal Cast: Brett Stewart, Sia Trokenheim, Ben Clarkson, Jodie Rimmer, Paul Harrop
Country: New Zealand
Year: 2014
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: Tom Hern, Luke Robinson
Screenplay: Max Currie
Cinematographers: Dave Garbett
Editors: Dan Kircher
Music: Tim Prebble
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: Celluloid Dreams
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